Seeing The Bigger Picture Of God’s Plan

Seeing The Bigger Picture Of God's Plan By City On a Hill Studio

Since the movie, I Can Only Imagine hit theaters, I’ve had imagination on my mind quite a bit lately. For Christians, our ability to “see” the unseen is vital to our walk with the Lord in this world. But how we do that is anything but obvious. In a previous post, I mentioned four ways to revitalize our Christian imagination … Read More

A Message To Pastors About Using Film In Church

I Can Only imagine Movie Blog

In the movie, The Father of the Bride, Steve Martin tells his daughter, Annie, she should put her jacket on because it’s cold outside. She completely ignores her father’s suggestion, but when her fiancé gives her the exact same advice, she quickly grabs her jacket. Sometimes pastoring feels a lot like Steve Martin did at that moment. Is Your Church … Read More

What Bart Millard and His Mother Can Teach Us About Unforgiveness

What Bart Millard and His Mother Can Teach Us About Unforgiveness

“Did Bart Millard ever talk to his mother again after she left?” That’s the question I asked myself after watching the film, I Can Only Imagine. When you’ve only got a minute of screen time to tell a years-long story, details can often be hard to find. Thankfully, Bart’s memoir fills in some of the gaps. When Adele (Bart’s mom) … Read More

Imagination: How to See With the Eyes of our Hearts


Are mature Christians allowed to imagine, or is that something only children do? In today’s post, we make a case for a healthy Christian imagination. More than a simple escape, imagination is a gospel-drenched way to go deeper into God’s reality—to open the eyes of our hearts and see our whole world in the light of Jesus.

How Bart Millard Transformed Rejection Into Opportunity


Have you ever been rejected? Can you remember that intense feeling of inferiority that came when someone said you weren’t good enough? In this post, we look at how God’s love speaks to our sense of inadequacy and challenges us to look forward to the day when we see our perfect acceptance in Christ.

Under the Shadow of a Loving Father


Over the past few weeks, we’ve talked about the miraculous way God transformed Bart Millard’s abusive father into the godliest man Bart ever knew. In today’s article, we talk about why it is that fathers have such incredible power to wound their kids psychological, emotionally, and spiritually.

Why Can I Forgive Everyone, But I Can’t Forgive Myself?

Why Can I Forgive Everyone But I Can't Forgive Myself?

A few years ago at our church in Las Vegas, we did a sermon series on forgiveness. The first three weeks dove into forgiving the people who have hurt you. This was a wildly popular topic and our attendance shot up each week. What surprised me the most happened in the fourth week; that’s when our audience exploded. The fourth … Read More

A Guilt-Free Invitation to Christian Journaling

A Guilt Free Invitation To Christian Journaling By City On a Hill Studio

Does journaling make you a better Christian? No.. and yes. In this post, we skip the usual guilt-laden plea for Christian journaling. Instead, we look at the practice in the history of the Church and ask how keeping a daily journal can help deepen our walk with the Lord in concrete, practical ways.

5 Reasons Bart Millard Should’ve Given up on His Dreams

Why Bart Millard Should Have Given Up On His Dreams

Have your dreams ever collided with reality? In this post, we look at 5 of the hardest aspects of Bart Millard’s story and why they should’ve put an end to all his hopes and dreams. More importantly, we learn that God’s reality is much better than our present circumstances. As much as we might be tempted to give up on ourselves, but He will never leave us nor forsake us.